The enduring ‘Angelina effect’ on breast cancer awareness and gene testing

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Angelina_Jolie_2_June_2014_(cropped)By Julia Medew – SMH.

If there was ever any doubt about the magnitude of Angelina Jolie’s fame, there should be no mistaking her power now.

Two years after the actress eloquently described her decision to have her breasts removed due to a high genetic risk of cancer, researchers are still documenting the “Angelina effect” on women across the globe.

Several studies have now been published in medical journals detailing a surge in women seeking genetic testing for BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations following her story. There has also been an increase in the number of women inquiring about preventative surgical procedures.

On Monday, Austrian doctors reported that two surveys of 1000 women in Vienna carried out before and after Jolie told her story in 2013 showed marked differences in awareness of breast cancer and the options women have if they carry a gene mutation that puts them at higher risk…read more.

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